When demand exceeds supply: The Colorado River

Posted on September 29th, 2017 by

Join Professor Emeritus of Geography, Dr. Bob Moline, for a conversation and slide field trip about the Colorado River and who can claim its water:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 7:00 PM

Traverse des Sioux Room, Saint Peter Community Center

Laura Bliss says it best: “Even if climate change wasn’t shrinking the snowpack that feeds it, the Colorado River would still be facing a serious dilemma: The two nations, seven states, and 6 million acres of farmland downstream have made legal claims to more of its water than actually exists.” Demand exceeds supply! In the early planning, about 14.7 million acre feet of water were thought to be available each year. (One acre foot is roughly the water that would cover a football field one foot deep.) Turns out that the annual demand for water in the basin is about 16.8 million acre-feet. How would you manage the deficit?

 

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